California prep visits Kansas

Recruit Lindsay: Trip to KU ‘unbelievable’

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Merv Lindsay, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound basketball small forward from Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., who orally committed to Texas Tech in April but has since reopened his recruitment, completed an official visit to Kansas University’s campus on Friday.

Lindsay, according to, will visit Marquette on Sunday and choose a college shortly after that trip. He’s not ranked in’s list of top 150 basketball players in the Class of 2011.

“My visit to Kansas was unbelievable,” Lindsay told “It was everything I thought it would be and so much more. Lawrence is such a great place and the campus is nice. I also played a little pickup with the team and hung out with all of the guys. It wasn't just one or two guys showing me around, but it was everybody. Those guys at Kansas are great.”

Lindsay, who will be eligible to play in the 2011-12 season, averaged 15 points, 10.2 boards and 4.4 assists a game his senior season.

“Lindsay has grown a few inches in the last year and it appears he may not be done as he is a young looking prospect,” wrote. Lindsay said that he has grown from 6-5 to 6-7.

“His frame is outstanding with long arms and he has soft hands. The left-hander has a smooth stroke out to 22 feet, especially in a catch and shoot situation. In addition, he is an astute passer who can find the open man in the half court set. There are few players that have the size and shooting ability of Lindsay.

“Although his shot is smooth, it can be very streaky. In addition, he needs to show a greater urgency of getting open when defenders close out him. His ball skills are weak and he essentially doesn’t have any signs of a mid-range game.”

Elite camp: KU’s Elite camp, which is closed to the public and media, is taking place on KU’s campus this weekend. One of the top players at the camp is Landen Lucas, a 6-8, 240-pound senior-to-be from Findlay Prep High in Henderson, Nev. Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior-to-be from St. Mark’s High in Southborough, Mass., was on campus Friday on an unofficial recruiting visit.

Royce to Washington State: Former KU guard Royce Woolridge on Friday announced plans to attend Washington State. The 6-3 Phoenix native also visited Pepperdine.

“I’m extremely excited. It’s a great all-around school. They’ve been getting better (in basketball) every year,” Woolridge said. “It’s the Pac-12, so I’ll be able to come home and play every once in a while before family and friends.

“I have to sit out a year (then be eligible as a sophomore in 2012-13), so I’ll spend a lot of time working on my whole game, making it complete so I’ll be ready when I’m able to play.”

Of KU, he said: “I’ll definitely follow them to see how all my teammates are doing. The team will be great. Elijah (Johnson) is awesome. You have Thomas (Robinson) and Tyshawn (Taylor). There you’ve got three core leaders for the team. Conner (Teahan) can knock down threes. Travis (Releford) is crazy-athletic. They’ll have another great season.”